A loan of $825 helped to buy merchandise.

Maria De Lourdes's story

Lourdes set up her stationary store because she had left her previous job working for a company, and wanted to dedicate herself to an activity that would allow her to care for her parents, who are quite dependent on her in their old age. Although she ran the store off and on for a while, it has been her only business since February 2002. Since then, she has dedicated herself full time to the store and to her parents. In fact, not only has Lourdes opened a second store in another neighbourhood, with her sister and neighbour helping her run it, she has also bought a photocopier and three computers to help turn the first store into a cyber cafe as well as a stationer's. Little by little, her business is growing.
Lourdes needs a loan of $12,000 pesos, which she will pay back in 10 installments, so that she can buy stationary to sell. She is short on capital at the moment. Because of the money she spent on the computers, she does not have enough left over for merchandise.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sara Sultan

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